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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Montreal

  • Organization: UN - United Nations
  • Location: Montreal
  • Grade: Administrative support - GS-6, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Administrative support
  • Closing Date: Closed

Org. Setting and Reporting

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, world leaders agreed on a comprehensive strategy for sustainable development. A key agreement opened for signature at Rio was the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Convention has three objectives: the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources.

The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) is located in Montreal, Canada and is administered by UNEP. This post is located in the Secretariat of the CBD, within the Administration Division (AFCS). Under the general guidance of the Head of the Administration Division and the direct supervision of the Head of the Human Resources and Administration Unit (HRA), the incumbent will carry out the following functions:

Responsibilities

1. Recruitment and Placement:
a) Assists in organizing and processing vacancy announcements and advertisement of Professional and General Service positions in collaboration with UNON/HRMS.
b) Participates in the selection of candidates for secretarial, clerical and related categories, including evaluating and screening application of such candidates, preparing profiles of candidates, organizes and conducts preliminary interviews.
c) Assists in drafting correspondence relative to Personnel administration, including regret letters to interviewed candidates not selected.
d) Assists in the preparation and advertisement of terms of reference of consultants in collaboration with respective Departments.
e) Liaises with concerned Divisions in the recruitment of consultants, prepares contracts, files and relevant documentation necessary for processing of payments.
f) Compiles and maintains rosters of suitable applicants for Professional, General Services and consultants’ positions.
g) Assists in the filling of posts, including initiating and following up medical clearance process, ensuring the completion of the pre-recruitment formalities.
h) Schedules, organizes and coordinates entry tests for secretarial/clerical positions.

2. Personnel Administration:
a) Maintains personnel files of the Secretariat staff, consultants and interns.
b) Liaises with newly recruited staff members on issues related to entitlements, insurance matters, UN facilities and other relevant information.
c) Assists in monitoring Performance Appraisal procedures and ensures the timely preparation and reviews of Performance Appraisal Reports.
d) Coordinates with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regarding medical insurance and Internal Languages Courses.
e) Acknowledges receipt of applications and CVs, organizes them and places them into electronic files to be reviewed by the relevant Divisions.
f) Assists in organizing and administering Language Proficiency Examinations for all UN organizations in Montreal and liaises with Language Proficiency Exam (LPE) Administrators in New York from beginning to end of the yearly process.
g) Maintains and monitors leave entitlements and usage, monitors attendance procedures, prepares monthly leave reports and maintains and updates attendance records for all Secretariat staff and liaises with staff members regarding their leave entitlements.
h) Processes contracts in UMOJA for consultants, individual contractors and translators liaising with the relevant divisions and accounts to monitor the payments.

3. Support to Conference Services and other Divisions:
a) Drafts contracts for interpreters, translators and report writers.
b) Drafts contracts for consultants and individual contractors and processes contracts from preparation, liaison with incumbents and relevant Divisions and Finance Unit for processing of payments.

4.Data:
a) Assists with the collection and analysis of data as well as preparation of data presentations and reports for information sharing, responding to queries, knowledge management, planning and decision making.
b) Assists with visualizations and updating information material such as web pages or brochures.

5.General:
a) Assists in the compilation and preparation of statistical reports on human resources related issues.
b) Conducts exit interviews for separating staff and assists in final arrangements.
c) Prepares written responses to queries concerning human resources related matters.
d) Trains and provides supervision to new and lower -level staff in the unit.
e) Assists in preparing calendar of payroll and official holidays.
f) Performs other functions as arising and needing to be done.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Knowledge of and ability to apply various United Nations administrative rules and regulations in work situations. Knowledge of updated office automation techniques, text processing, spreadsheets is desirable. Ability to perform analysis, modeling and interpretation of data in support of decision-making. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remain calm in stressful situations. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

CLIENT ORIENTATION: Considers all those to whom services are provided to be “clients” and seeks to see things from clients’ points of view. Establishes and maintains productive partnerships with clients by gaining their trust and respect. Identifies clients’ needs and matches them to appropriate solutions. Monitors ongoing developments inside and outside the clients’ environment to keep informed and anticipate problems. Keeps clients informed of progress or setback in projects. Meets timeline for delivery of products or services to clients.

Education

Completion of secondary school education is required. Additional training courses in human resources, business administration, public administration or equivalent is desirable.

Passing the Global General Service Test (GGST) is a prerequisite for recruitment consideration in the General Services and related categories in the United Nations Secretariat. Successful passing of the Administrative Support Assessment Test (ASAT) in English at the United Nations Headquarters (UNHQ), Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) or International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) may be accepted in lieu of the GGST.

The GGST is administered to applicants when required before the administration of a written assessment and/or interview.

Work Experience

A minimum of seven (7) years of progressively responsible experience in human resources management, administration services or related area is required.

Working experience with a UN organization or any other similar international organization is desirable.

Experience in using integrated human resources management system is desirable.

One (1) year or more of experience in data analytics or related area is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and in French is required. Knowledge of another UN official language is desirable.

NOTE: ''Fluency'' equals a rating of ''fluent'' in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand)
and ''Knowledge of'' equals a rating of ''confident'' in two of the four areas.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Appointment against this post is for an initial period of one (1) year and may be subject to extension.

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. All staff in the General Service and related categories shall be recruited in the country or within commuting distance of each office, irrespective of their nationality and of the length of time they may have been in the country. Applicants for General Service and related categories must be authorized to work in the country where the position is located. The candidate is responsible for any travel and relocation expenses incurred to take-up the appointment. A staff member subject to local recruitment shall not be eligible for the allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

Staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and to assignment by him or her. In this context, all staff are expected to move periodically to new functions in their careers in accordance with established rules and procedures.

Internal Applicants – when completing the Candidate Profile form, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up to date. This information is the basis for the hiring manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity, with due regard to geographic diversity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line as soon as possible after the job opening has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the job opening. On-line applications will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e-mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. If the problem persists, please seek technical assistance through the Inspira "Contact Us" link.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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